Is there a note tool in Illustrator CS5 like in PS?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by nfable, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. nfable macrumors regular

    nfable

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    I cannot for the life of me find one, searched the Goog for as well.

    I'd like to have a note for reference when I open the file again, but that will not interfere with printing.

    thx anyone,
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  2. MechaSpanky macrumors 6502

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    nfable,

    Sorry, I'm not sure I understand your question. I'm guessing that you want to make some sort of annotation to your file? I have never seen or used the "note tool" in Photoshop but I have used the annotation tool in Acrobat. Is it like that? In Photoshop I usually just add metadata by going under File/File info. You can do this as well in Illustrator. Maybe I've just never used the note tool or maybe it is a new tool in CS 5.5? I don't have CS 5.5 so I wouldn't know.

    If adding metadata isn't what you want and you actually want a message that you can see when you open the file, then I would suggest that when you add a new layer in Illustrator (a new layer after the 1st layer), you are given some options (template, show, preview, lock, print, dim images to ....). If you uncheck the "print" option, the layer will not print and then you can add a message or a note but it will not print (but you can see it). Some design agencies do this and then add their tracking information, etc some where off the art board for reference.

    I hope this helps.
     
  3. nfable thread starter macrumors regular

    nfable

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    Thanks Mecha; yeah in PS you can add a note as detailed here. It's quite useful, especially if working in a group.

    Let's say you are the design guy, and Susie is the print press operator - you can insert a note, which appears as a small 'sticky note' icon on the canvas, that upon mouse click expands and can have a... um, well: note. Like "This is a draft, please o.k. with me prior to print for full res." or whatever.

    It seems rather basic that Illustrator doesn't have one. I thought about the metadata, but unless some else viewing the specific doc KNOWS to look for one, they aren't likely to stumble upon it, whereas the 'sticky note' is very apparent.

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  4. MechaSpanky macrumors 6502

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    nfable,

    Thanks for the explanation. That does sound very useful. I have never used the note tool in Photoshop but I can see how it would be useful especially in design and prepress environments. I have never seen it in Illustrator but that isn't too say that it doesn't have one (maybe I just haven't seen it)!

    Metadata is useful but as you pointed out, unless someone knows to look at it, they usually won't bother. Try the suggestion in my previous post, it isn't nearly as nice as having an actual note tool but it should work.

    Best of luck!
     
  5. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

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    Well, if you have a non-printing layer, as Mechaspanky suggests above, you can leave notes, diagrams, mark-ups all over the document itself. We make extensive use of this for one of my clients, plus a nicely-designed proofing checklist to one side of the document area.

    It actually offers at as much functionality as the note tool in PS, just in a different way.

    Cheers

    Jim
     
  6. bhtwo macrumors 6502a

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    I always use a 'notes' layer in Illustrator and PS...
     

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